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incredible. when people ask me, and they ask me all the time, how do you get to coit tower, i say you walk. that's the best way to experience the gradual elevation coming up above the hustle and bustle of the city and finding this sort of oasis, if you will, at the top of the hill. when i walk through this park, i look at these brick walls and this lawn, i look at the railings around the murals. i look at the restoration and i think, yeah, i had something to do with that. learning the lessons, thank you, landmarks meet landmarks. the current situation at pioneer park and coit tower is really based in public and private partnership. it was the citizens who came
together to buy the land to keep it from being developed. it was lily hitchcock coit to give money to the city to beautify the city she loved of the park project worked to develop this south side and still that's the basis of our future project to address the future project to address the north side. impossible. announcer: when you open a book, you can explore new lands... [bird screeches] meet new friends, and discover new adventures. there are amazing possibilities when you open your mind to reading. [roar] you can log onto he library of congress website and let the journey begin. >> on behalf of the newly
designated mayor of san francisco, i welcome each and every one of you. it was just about five minutes ago that david chiu sees it to be the mayor -- ceased to be the mayor. the active mayor for about 27 hours wallace the president of -- was the president of the board of supervisors. we thank you for your service. next to him is the senior member
of the board of supervisors, the man who nominated john elsbernd. [applause] then not necessarily in alphabetical order, supervisor john avalos, supervisor david campos, supervisor carmen chiu, supervisor malia cohen, supervisor mirkarimi, supervisor farrell, supervisor kim, and supervisors got wiener -- supervisor scott leonor --
wiener. a number of your friends thought it appropriate to reach out to cover the span of mayors over the last fifth leaders, a small fraternity who you are about to join. leading that is lieutenant governor, who will brain some remarks. it was the man who served as a supervisor and whom the voters rewarded by making him lieutenant governor, and he was received by his colleagues at one minute after 1:00, when his
tenure was evicted, and he gave an accounting of himself and the time he has been mayor, and now, welcome to the new mayor, gavin newsom. >> sit down those that have seats. let me welcome each of you for taking the time to be there. it is good to be here, and it is a wonderful occasion, and the people that need to be thanked the most are the people of california, because i would not have been lieutenant governor, and there would not have been a vacancy.
i am honored that people have taken it upon themselves to allow for this opportunity and celebrate this milestone in the history of our city and this nation. your it is a remarkable thing what just happened. not that many months ago we stood on the steps of city hall in recounting her behalf of our cities richard -- our path on behalf of the city . here we are celebrating the first chinese-american mayor in our great city. it is a remarkable thing and a very proud dana.
-- thing. i spoke a little bit about this yesterday, but it is important set this reminds everybody this is the birthplace of the united nations. this is a city of remarkable diversity. we do not just tolerated. we celebrate it. that is a spirit of what makes sense and cisco a special place in the hearts and minds of people -- that makes san francisco a special place in the hearts and minds of people. mayor lee, here is my advice. you have a year, figure out what you want to accomplish. you were put in this position by
the people to my right, but the people of san francisco are the people counting on you. [applause] do what you think is right, and remember that as important and impressive as this did not -- as this is, there are hundreds of thousands of people who require your attention and leadership. always remember the people outside are the people we also need to represent. remember that just because you disagree with the other side does not mean something is going wrong. that is part of the process. you are going to have a difficult time with the budget,
a difficult time processing the new police chief and the reality is taking place and how they manifest in our county, but always remember to do what you think is right. people like me come and go puree your you are given a moment in time. there is no having made it a success. the mayor is not a place or a definition. it is a direction, and i encourage you to keep the city moving in that direction, and i look forward to the extraordinary work continuing that you have done, a person
that has always been people- oriented strong sense of purpose, and will be an outstanding leader in our city. i could not be more proud and thank you to the board of supervisors, more pleased with their choice. for our next mayor of the city and county of san francisco. thank you all very much. [applause] >> as i indicated the, -- indicated, the mayors for the last 40, 50, 60 years in san francisco are represented here. the mayor who comes from the furthest distance and the shelly family and kevin shelly is somewhere here representative of the shelly clan. after shelly, there was joseph l. aliato and mrs. aliato is
here. after joseph aliato, there was george moscony and chris moscony is here representing george moscony. [applause] and after the moscony years, it was diane feinstein. and her husband, richard blum, is here. they actually got married in the chambers upstairs. [applause] now, in just a minute, the president of the board of supervisors is going to say the words that will allow you, the public, to know what the vote was in his chambers earlier in the afternoon. but mr. lee, there have been several people from across the bay, from sacramento and other places, who are here to extend their warm welcome. standing next to you is mayor
newsom's chief of protocol, my chief of protocol, diane's chief of protocol, everybody's chief of protocol, who's ever had a chief of protocol in san francisco, charlotte schultz. and i hope she sticks around as your chief of protocol. [applause] one of your state senators, and we have two of those, only one is present at the moment. the other one is up working on the budget. but senator leland yee is here to welcome you. [applause] and a man who went to bed on saturday night, a cop with a badge and who woke up on sunday morning a new d.a., george gason. [applause] city attorney twice elected in san francisco, and usually without opposition, dennis herrera.
[applause] a member of the board of education and from your administration, mr. newsom, hydra mendoza. [applause] the assessor for the city and county of san francisco, phil teng. the treasurer of the city and county of san francisco, jose cisneros. [applause] the public defender and the man that first whispered to george, you should be the d.a., jeff hadachi. one of the judges with whom we have worked for years, lilian singh. [applause] and of course the woman who was your lifeline from here to hong kong when you were trying to
escape this awesome responsibility, rose pack. [applause] fire chief of the city and county of san francisco, joanne hayes white. and a man whose work as an architect in three or four administrations, a man that i got from the board of supervisors years ago, he became deputy chief of staff and then chief of staff under mayor newsom, steve koba, chief of staff. and as always, you're in good hands of public safety, but only if there is a police chief, and there is one here, the acting police chief, jeff godong. [applause] the controller, a man who could cook the books or make it very difficult for you, ben rosenfeld. [applause] and from oakland, california, an asian person that beat you
for mayor of the city by five minutes -- >> a little more than five minutes! >> by five minutes by my account, this is san francisco. gene quan, the mayor of oakland, california. [applause] and the city attorney and one of my lawyers, john russo. [applause] oakland. from the board of education, emily mores. [applause] and i could go on and on with the -- mr. mayor to be of the people who are here celebrating with you on this very historic occasion. and it was all made possible by this fine collection of people to my right whom i've introduced by name and now let me ask the president of the san
francisco board of supervisors, a man who chaired the historic meeting where the vote count was done without the assistance of our folk who normally count votes which is kind of the way i prefer to have votes counted in elections. you get better results. the president of the board of supervisors, david chiu. [applause] president chiu: good afternoon. so mayor brown, i want to tell you the score of the game upstairs. two numbers. 11 to zero. [applause] this is an historic moment for san francisco. and i want to first start by thanking my colleagues at the board of supervisors. we may not -- please clap for
them. we may not always agree. but on this great man, edwin lee, we came together and thank you for that. [applause] i also want to thank the many candidates that we considered. one of the things that we are blessed here in san francisco was we had many individuals who we knew could step up to take this role. thank you for all of you who we spoke to about this. this is also an historic day for the asian-american community. for a community that has been here in san francisco for over 160 years, i am a product of that community. i know that ed and all of us who are of asian-american descent feel the legacy.
and i want to thank all of you who have been part of this historic moment to make this happen. and say that this is obviously not just about a chinese american community or an asian-american community. this is about the american dream. the idea that anyone from any background of any color from any part of the globe can come here and someday be at the very top of what our community is about. [applause] in closing, i also want to just say that this is an historic moment because we have overseen the orderly transition of leadership. what we have done at the board here at city hall is what separates a democratic society
from less democratic ones. free communities from less free ones. we have overseen a truly orderly and wonderful transition of leadership from our lieutenant governor, gavin newsom, to our now interim mayor, edwin lee. so without further adieux i will turn it back to our emcee and i just wish to say from the board of supervisors to our new mayor, ed, we look forward to doing many wonderful things together and with the entire city of san francisco. thank you all for being part of this wonderful community. [applause] >> i wish you had gone back to sacramento. because he just reminded me that i forgot eric mar. newsom had to remind me.
[applause] thank you. the board of supervisors adopted a set of rules to determine how you fill a vacancy when it occurs during the time of a sitting mayor. and those rules require that the presiding judge of the superior court in this county administer the oath of office. we are fortunate to have the presence of the presiding judge and she is katherine feinstein. where are you? would you please join us to do the duty of swearing ed lee in. mr. lee. >> if you would be kind enough to please raise your right hand and repeat after me. i edwin m. lee. >> i edwin m. lee.
>> do solemnly swear -- >> do sol manyly swear -- solemnly swear -- >> that i will support and defend -- >> that i will support and defend -- >> the constitution of the united states -- >> the constitution of the united states >> and the constitution of the state of california -- >> and the constitution of the state of california >> against allen miss foreign and domestic -- against all enemies foreign and domestic -- >> against allen miss and domestic -- >> that i will bear true faith and aline of scrimmagens. >> that i will bear true faith and aline of scrimmagens >> to the constitution of the united states. >> to the constitution of the united states. >> and to the constitution of the state of california. >> to the constitution of the state of california. >> that i take this obligation freely -- >> without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion -- >> without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion -- >> and that i will well and faithfully -- >> and that i will well and
faithfully -- >> discharge the duties upon which i'm about to enter. >> discharge the duties upon which i am about to enter -- >> and during such time -- >> and during such time -- >> as i hold the office of -- >> as i hold the office of -- >> mayor for the city and county of san francisco. >> mayor for the city and county of san francisco. [applause]
>> thank you very much. board of supervisors for this fantastic opportunity. i also want to make sure i thank the mayors that i've worked for that are standing with me. mayor brown, wonderful years working with you. i learned a lot. and i want to really thank you for the tutelage you've given me, for the guidance, the leadership you've given the city, really appreciate that. to lieutenant governor gavin newsom, you're bold, your ideas
have inspired me to go beyond just the bureaucratic jobs that i've had and your lessons about not being fearful and taking risks have all been absorbed. thank you very much for your years. [applause] charlotte, you're going to be with us, aren't you? thank you very, very much for all yours years of service. and we hope that you will continue and help us out. to the board of supervisors, each and every one of you, i am ready to carry out the duties of this office and to do it in a way in which you will be proud. and to specifically supervisor david chiu and sean elsbernd who really had a lot to do with the pivotal discussions we had
about this office, thank you very much for that strong and continued encouragement. i very much appreciate that. and to our communities, to all of you who have come today to witness this, i want to thank you. because it is really for your behalf that we are doing this. and i want to say to all of you, i make that pledge that i will do my very, very best to represent all of the communities that you -- that you live in, that we cherish, that make this city a great city. and to my good friend, rose pack, thank you. we have done it. i thank you for this enormous honor and the enormous responsibility to serve as your mayor. it's a responsibility i take with great -- a great deal of
humility, enthusiasm, and determination. i must say it's been a whirlwind for me. i left town over a week ago as your city administrator, a career civil servant, looking forward to a new year of promise and challenge in the job that i love. and now just a few weeks later, i stand before you as your mayor. [applause] that's quite a journey. but in many ways, this wasn't a whirlwind. it was a journey decades in the making. i spent the past 21 years in and around these hallowed halls , beneath this glorious dome, working to make this city a better place, working for people, working for justice,
working to get things done. i believe that i stand before you today not because i was the preferred choice of one side of the aisle or the other, not because i was a safe choice, but because i was the consensus choice, the trusted choice. i believe that if you're able to build trust, if your word is your bond, then it doesn't matter if you're down the hall or 17,000 miles away. people know where you're coming from. i was personally gratified by the show of support demonstrated by the board of supervisors moments ago. as well as that shown by your predecessor board last friday. and let me take a moment to thank former supervisors sophie
maxwell, evan dufty, and michelangelo alioto-pier for your -- michaela alioto-pier for your support and trust of me. i am grateful and inspired by that show of support. but more importantly, i was inspired by what it portends. a new era of trust. a shared sense of purpose and commitment to this city that we all love. a sense of unity. i may be your interim mayor, but i intend to utilize this year and office to tackle our problems with resolve and seriousness of purpose. this is an unprecedented opportunity and perhaps it is just what san francisco needs at this time and in our moment of history.